Bronson started as a side project from a noise band I was in, I wanted a name that didn’t interfere with the music.
2.Walk me through your songwriting process. Which element comes first? Last?
Usually its a dream, or a desire towards someone. I find a melody and depending on how I feel, . In the end I make sure that the song doesn’t sound as good without every part within it.
3.How would you describe your writing, lyrically? Who are some of your favorite poets/songwriters (still focusing on lyrics)?
Cryptic, I’ve gotten soft though. Carey Mercer is one of my favorites, I also like that guy who sings in Chet.
4. Did you imagine Paper Tusk as a whole, or was it more so a collection of songs written separately?
Paper Tusk came about in a strange way. I fell in love with someone that I had loved before, she was dating someone else, I asked her to marry me, she said no, I recorded Paper Tusk.
5.Did you record/produce the album alone?
It was recorded in a cathedral on the sound with some friends, there was no heat in the place and it was early february
6. Looking forward, what do you see for this project? Touring? Recording? Vinyl release?
I’ll probably play up and down the coast this summer with my companion and hopefully record in the fall. Mixtapes in between.
7. Do you think that music (or art in general) is more powerful to the artist as its being created and performed, or to the audience as its being received and interpreted?
Disappearing into a piece as an artist and finding ground as its spectator are two different things. I can’t say really which is more powerful.
Bonus Request: any new bands/artists to recommend?
Not really, however I’ve always felt inspired by Cassowaries, Ramsey Troxel, DOAH, and H8R. I liked the production on Sea Oleena’s albums, too.
Thanks for the interview opportunity, I appreciate it. I really enjoy your photo mags, please give me a mailing address and I’ll take good care of you for the rest of your life.
Thank you, Patrick. Thank you, Bronson.
-Z. Saint James, 12.14.11